Baptists: Calling – UK premiere of new track by ferocious Vancouver punk-hardcore-metal band

Vancouver punk stroke hardcore stroke metal band Baptists release their second album next month, on October the 13th to be precise, via the magnificent Southern Lord label. Titled Bloodmines it’s a ferocious, raging beast of a release, tearing along at a fair ol’ clip leaving, as the best of albums of this ilk always do, the listener breathless by the time they reach the end of the last track. It is, in short, a quite brilliant listen, so needless to say we’re super stoked to be able to host the UK premiere of the penultimate track on the album, Calling, for you all today.

Baptists probably came to most of our attentions with the release of their debut album, Bushcraft LP, in February 2013, also via Southern Lord. The album immediately marked the band out as serious contenders thanks to a potent mixture of intense vocals, riffs to die for and powerful but clever drumming which batters as much as much as it impresses. They followed that release up with a heavy touring schedule which reinforced what the album suggested – that the band are flying towards the top of the genre(s) they regular get tagged in with. There are still a few people out there who don’t know about the band though, but we’re thinking that’ll probably be about to change soon as this new album’s released, an album that’s sure to be in many end of year “best albums of 2014” lists.

Although as it says above the album rips along at a fair ol clip it does reign in the fury of the riffs bonanza a tad in places, letting us come up for breath and prepare ourselves for the next, inevitable, assault. It also means one can focus a bit more on the exceptional instrument playing, such as the intelligent and skilful drumming of Nick Yacyshyn (who can number Dave Grohl amongst his fans) and the more intricate guitar playing that proves Baptists are far than a “balls to the floor and riffs to the fore” band. The track Calling we’re premiering today may be one of the least fuming, enraged tracks on the album but that doesn’t mean there’s a dip in intensity – far from it in fact, the tension is palpable in fact. The track also has the job of setting shit up ready for the album’s denouement, it’s final track For Profit which is one hell of a bruising end to a fantastic album full of discordance and power.

Quoting from the press release:

“Like it’s predecessor, Bloodmines is a fast, exhilarating album of rage, oozing with genuine raw emotion and punk rock fury. Shards of feedback make way for fast powerful riffs and savage vocals, whilst explosive drumming pumps blood around the band’s beating heart.”

“Not ones to rest on their laurels, Baptists have found new ways to express their rage and with Bloodmines they have created a memorable and commanding album.”

Amen to all that.

Calling lyrics…

Show up with faces swollen
Ingest air of tamed
Impact days with nothing
Merge to the slowest lane
Embark on daily journeys
To seats that stay in place
Repress innate feelings
To walk the fuck away

Boss says it’s our calling
Boss says

Incorporated hallways
Lead to a stale embrace
Stay boxed in with dealings
Set to the owner’s tastes
Hone in on passive pleasings
To save yourself from fits

Linkage for bands and label, plus the track list can be found below the stream of Calling… (pls visit the site via a pc if viewing on a mobile device and the widget isn’t showing – or google the track on Soundcloud after our 24 hour exclusivity has expired.)


Track List:
  • 1. Chamber
  • 2. Wanting
  • 3. String Up
  • 4. Closed Ports
  • 5. Vistas
  • 6. Harm Induction
  • 7. Festered
  • 8. Dissembler
  • 9. Bloodmines
  • 10. Calling
  • 11. For Profit

Check the band and their label out online at these places:

Baptists bandcamp: and Facebook.

Southern Lord’s website:, Facebook and twitter: @twatterlord.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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